For Amber Rose, feminism starts at home
Amber Rose is a mom, activist, social media star and creator of SlutWalk — an annual march aimed to raise awareness about gender inequality, rape culture, slut shaming, and sexual harassment. She is fearless in her approach to all of the above, no more so than how she’s trying to raise her son.
Amber Rose is mom to five-year-old son, Sebastian, who she shares her ex, Wiz Khalifa, and she’s doing her part to raise him to be a proud feminist. For her, this means being respectful of women, their bodies, and the language used to describe women.
“I teach my son that a woman’s body is not a sexual object. It’s human anatomy,” Rose told Teen Vogue. She says she has feminine paintings of naked women all over her house. “My son is so used to seeing it, [so] it’s not weird to him,” she says. “I feel like as parents, when we talk to our children [and] make things very taboo and sexual and weird, or we’re like, ‘No, no, no, don’t look. I’m naked. Don’t come in,’ it makes them be like, ‘Why? What’s the big deal?’ When you don’t make things a big deal like that, they’re going to fully understand that the female body is [just] human anatomy.”
She also feels how society speaks about women needs to change, and she wants to make sure Sebastian holds himself to a higher standard in these types of situations. “I always have this dream where my son is in school and his friends are like, ‘Man, she’s a hoe,’ or ‘What’s up with these hoes?’ And my son is gonna be like, ‘You can’t say that. Like, what?’ Cause he’s gonna be raised in a house with me where it’s…just unheard of,” Rose told US Weekly.
In continuing with her message of female empowerment, she’s now teaming up with clothing brand, Simply Be, to create a collection of affordable womenswear called Amber Rose x Simply Be. Available at the end of June, all of the pieces will be available up to a size US 32. Rose said it’s her goal for all plus-sized women to feel “beautiful and confident” in their clothes. In total, there will be 25 items including bodysuits, tops, leggings, dresses, and skirts, ranging in price from $25 to $40. All the pieces will come in solid colors, so everything can be mixed and matched seamlessly.
It’s clear Rose is passionate about bringing to light all areas of women’s rights — from how we feel about ourselves to the many social injustices we face — into the spotlight. It’s these types of discussions that will move the needle forward, and nowhere is it more critical than how we choose to raise our children.